When was the last time you stood in front of the frig just … starring? If you are like me, hoping that something satisfying would be there. As if in denial I continue to return, again and again, confident THIS time something new will appear to appease my craving.
David of the bible experienced this to some degree, yet his craving was survival! Psalm 63:1 he was literally in a desert place, the desert of Judah, yet also of the spirit, and soul “O God, you are my God, I earnestly search for You. My soul thirsts for You, my whole body longs for You in this parched and weary land where there is no water.”
‘My soul thirsts for You’ The word ‘soul’ in the Hebrew is (nepesh) which means mind, heart, will, spirit. It comes from the root word (naphash) to breathe. Often, spirit and soul are interchangeable, yet there is a difference. Our spirit is where the Holy Spirit resides, where we operate in the spirit realm. Our soul, is our mind, will and emotions, one might say our ‘conscientiousness’. Gathering the two, may I suggest, David is seeking the breath of God to satisfy his longing – his very existence. Now track with me for a moment. Genesis 2:7 ‘and the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul’ (nepesh). Adam’s body was made of the dust – earth – biological. His soul was not of the earth, NOT biological. We being the descendents of Adam, we share the same DNA and beginning. So… earthly things can not quench the hunger of the soul. It is ONLY the breath of God that feeds and nurtures the spiritual man! It is divinely birthed and divinely maintained. I don’t mean to sound all Sci-Fi like, but it really is of the supernatural. This is BIG. Think about it, not to be gross or anything, it is the pure exhale of God. What a God design. Like that of a new-born calf, once he is on his feet, he has the God designed hunger for his mother’s milk. So we too hunger for our God. We see this in every culture across the globe, there is some form of expression of ‘deity’ God placed that desire within us for … HIM!
How often do we seek things, people, position even ‘events’ to satisfy our deep longing, and cravings. We go to great extent with our time, money and energy to do so. Without God’s breath and presence in our lives, we are like an empty vessel, just laying in the dust. I’ve been there, like a rag doll, wanting, waiting for someone to pick me up and breathe life into me again. We need to seek that life.
If we are to survive, let alone THRIVE spiritually we NEED God’s presence and His word to do so. Paul spoke to this in 2 Timothy, “Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” (3:15-17 – The Message) I love that, ‘Through the Word we are put together.’ And the one who penned Hebrews wrote, “For the word of God is alive and powerful.” (4:12a) Jesus told His disciples, “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” Jn 6:63 How much more should we PORE over the scriptures and get us some spirit and life! Got a soulish hunger? His word is the only thing on the menu.
In closing, the Psalmist cries out, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God…” – Ps. 42:1-2 In the Hebrew, the translation is, “The cry of the soul of me is my God.” So poetic, so clear, so true. For me, I can’t get enough!
Remember the song we sang in church a few years ago:
This is the air I breathe
this is the air I breathe
Your holy presence living in me
this is my daily bread
this is my daily bread
Your very word spoken to me
And I, I’m desperate for You
And I, I’m lost without You
If we lack spiritual hunger, may we ask God to birth that hunger in us. Ask Him to breathe on and in us afresh. May we too take pause and see if we are masking the hunger, attempting to fill it with other things. When we stand in front of the frig of life once again seeking to appease the craving, reach for Him, His breath, His word. I love Moses’ closing admonishment to the children of Israel, “They are not just idle words for you–they are your life.” Deut. 32:47
Before I close, may I throw in one more challenge? Once we are fully aware of the satifying breath of God in us, (as we take a DEEP breath) WHAT do we do with that breath? As we invite and allow His presence to go to the very corners of us, again what are we doing with His breath turned ours? Are we praising Him? Does our breathed out words speak kindness, love, encouragement? Do we share our breath in such a way that others desire it as well. There is no need to fill this spot on the page with the opposite, we are aware. Speak to us Holy Spirit.
This is the air I breathe, Your holy presence living in me, this is my daily bread, Your very word spoken to me, I am desperate for you!
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love & good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)